Tripping Along Really Awfully


Today on dash back to our door
I tripped and fell on concrete floor,
Full-length, just as I took a stride
Up onto stoop which leads inside;
I bashed my forehead and my knee –
It was a sorry sight to see! –
But SPCA wineglass bought
Today (one of the cut-glass sort)
Emerged from fall, of damage, free,
Although it ‘tinged’ indignantly;
My knee is sore, my forehead bled;
I have a bump upon my head;
I thought I must have lost the plot
And growing senile I have got …
But found the incident was due
To flapping sole of faulty shoe.
(I ask you now, what should I do:
Just bin it, or resort to glue?)

This sole is lost, for it has started Joining with the dear departed, And wants mate to go there, too, As it now becomes a 'chew'!

This sole is lost, for it has started
Joining with the dear departed,
Wants its mate to go there, too,
As it now becomes a ‘chew’!

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Whale of a Sail

The Daily Post’s Photo Challenge for the current week has a theme of Cherry On Top.

Boating off Durban

Out to sea for a sail
Is enjoyment non-stop,
Even on a grey day;

Having sight of a whale
Gives the cherry on top
On this Durban Bay day!

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Not Really Awful Knob

I have a brass knob, I declare,
Replacing the thing that was there;
Though harder, no doubt,
To get in or out,
One simply must handle with care.

And surely the sight of it will
Provide all the girls with a thrill;
It’s all in the twist
One gives to the wrist
To make it desires fulfil.

Door and brass knob

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Delville Wood

Today there was a moving commemoration of The Battle of Delville Wood Centenary at elder granddaughter’s school, as an opportunity to remember the many ‘old boys’ who lost their lives fighting for their country.  This was part of the Battle of the Somme, about which Wiki offers:

“The Battle of the Somme (French: Bataille de la Somme, German:Schlacht an der Somme), also known as the Somme Offensive, was a battle of the First World War fought by the armies of the British andFrench empires against the German Empire. It took place between 1 July and 18 November 1916 on both sides of the upper reaches of theRiver Somme in France. The battle was intended to hasten a victory for the Allies and was the largest battle of the First World War on theWestern Front.[3] More than one million men were wounded or killed, making it one of the bloodiest battles in human history.[4

The Delville Wood action is described as follows:

“The Battle of Delville Wood was an operation to secure the British right flank, while the centre advanced to capture the higher lying areas of High Wood and Pozières. After the Battle of Albert the offensive had evolved to the capture of fortified villages, woods, and other terrain that offered observation for artillery fire, jumping-off points for more attacks, and other tactical advantages. The mutually costly fighting at Delville Wood eventually secured the British right flank and marked the Western Front debut of the South African 1st Infantry Brigade (incorporating a Southern Rhodesian contingent), which held the wood from 15–20 July. When relieved the brigade had lost 2,536 men, similar to the casualties of many brigades on 1 July.”

“On 20 July, the 76th Brigade of the 3rd Division was again pushed forward to attempt to relieve the 1st South African Brigade. The Royal Welsh Fusiliers attacked towards the South Africans but by 1:00 p.m., Thackeray had informed Lukin that his men were exhausted, desperate for water and could not repel a further attack.[45] Troops of the Suffolk Regiment and the 6th Royal Berkshires broke through and joined with the last remaining South African troops, in the segment of the wood still under South African control.[39] Thackeray marched out of the wood, leading two wounded officers and 140 other ranks, the last remnant of the South African Brigade. Piper Sandy Grieve of the Black Watch, who had fought against the South African Boers as part of the Highland Brigade, in the Battle of Magersfontein in 1899 and been wounded through the cheeks, played the South Africans out.”

Fascinating addresses were given, and present was the old Rover Sunbeam which Jan Smuts used to visit the front lines,  driven up the coast to the ceremony by the present owner. It still has bullet holes from snipers, and a radiator repaired with a shell casing after a sniper had done for it.  Much Better Half took some pictures, but I can’t get her camera to speak to the computer or vice versa, so for now I will have to show a googled picture of a similar model.


Anyway, it is an appropriate time to again offer a link to my mother’s Delville Wood March, which I still haven’t found the opportunity to translate to a military band version.  I am determined to do it, though. Imagine the opening part on a bugle, as intended, and the battle part with full brass and drums – it will be most impressive.

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Making a stable door stable.

One of the strange features of our new home was an enclosed courtyard with no access to one side of the garden unless one took a wild detour up steps, past the flatlet, and down another set of steps.  There was a tiny window in the rock wall, which only served to funnel the wind when a northeaster was blowing.

We had a doorway cut in the wall for better access, but now the northeaster had a ball through the courtyard. A doorframe was inserted by a builder (very badly) but a good friend refitted it and we grabbed one of the sets of stable doors which had been in the house originally and installed it. It was a bit warped and coming loose here and there, so some stabilising work had to be done on it.  Here we see it being mounted.

Fitting stable doors in courtyard.

And here it is fully fitted.  I think I will be replacing the handle in due course, though.  Something in the brass knob direction will probably suit better.


Ideal, if we want to put a stable on the other side.  Mind you, although we didn’t instal a stable in our previous home, we did put in a paddock for when our horse came on beach holiday visits, so anything is possible!  However, the door should eventually lead to a play area featuring wendy house (already in place), platform, swing, and the slide currently mounted at our cottage.

The crazy paving nightmare is nearly over.  Today, in between school runs (holidays are over, alas) I sliced the final remaining pieces into shapes to fill the gaps a diminishing set of choices created.  I cut templates out of cardboard, and then drew round these on the slate before creating dust storms while cutting. It is amazing that the slate from the front part of the house (now tiled) proved exactly enough for the job.  There are two tiny bits remaining, which will probably be needed for any gaps I have missed.  I have pictures of the work in progress, but would prefer to show the finished effect after laying, but before finally being screeded in.

This will be my pride and joy.  All carting, digging, placing and cutting has been done entirely by me with no assistance. I used a trolley to move big bits once I had lugged them up the steps from where they had been stored, and I had to lay, re-lay, and re-re-lay until I mastered the art of getting proper levels for each.  I have previously shown the raised garden beds I created with the tons of sand removed in the levelling process.

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Re-orange-ment of Sea Shade

I must say I find it a little bit strange

To look out to see sea distinctly o-range!

Since when did Ma Nature decide she should start

To imitate lurid styles in modern art?

Orange Sea Closeup

This effect comes from the sun setting inland, behind one when looking in this direction …



Orange sea panorama

As this more panoramic view shows, the sunset is reflecting on clouds above, which in turn reflect on the sea. I can’t ever remember seeing this happen before.  Although it looks rather pinkish in the picture, the actual sight was distinctly orange.

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Really Awfully Detailed Rhyme

The Weekly Photo Challenge this week is calling for Details.  Last night WP refused to post pictures and invited me to try again later. This morning it gave the same story. Now it has suddenly come, or been made, right. Here goes, at last:

When arrested by a cat,
It is more than likely that
  A lizard is going to scoff
    At any need to post bail –
  For he is sure to get off
    On a technical de-tail!
(Oh wouldn’t, here, be wizard
A pic of tailless lizard!)

Peacock tail

But, instead, here is lurking
`  De tail of de peacock,
And details of working
`  Of our travelling clock!

Travelling Clock Detail

De tales I tell about the scene
From where will be fixed, trampoline:

Vew of Bridge (distant)

But if I can more details share –
A waterfall is lurking there!

Wate4rfall below bridge

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